Put in the Hard Work
With Jasmin Barnes
Introduce yourself! Who are you?
My name is Jasmin Barnes. It is an absolute honor to be invited as a guest on your very inspiring “As Told by Women” blog. I am a mother of three, a wife, mother, daughter, sister, a full-time career and business woman. Aside from being the CEO and founder of My Wig Studio, I am also an IT professional in the Software Development space for 20+ years now. I love technology and is thrilled with the idea of problem-solving! Always been an entrepreneur by heart, loves working with people and finding solutions to problems whether it may be technical or creative. Through technology, created a website and utilized social media platforms to reach out to customers and cancer patients around the globe. Our website does not only offer a variety of hair solutions for every woman’s needs but it also provides free empowerment resources to women. Since 2009, we have sponsored women and cancer patients with hairpieces and head covers through our Wig Sponsorship program. We take pride in successfully connecting sponsors and wig recipients around the world via social media.
I am the woman behind @itsjasminbarnes. My IG micro-blog has recently become my personal passion project and I have recently converted the account from personal to business. I am an extrovert and introvert at the same time. Loves being social but savors time alone. I am organically geeky and goofy. A professional creative thinker and multi-tasker. I am unimpressed with the superficial stuff. When the going gets tough, I simply make a stronger cup of coffee and handle it like a boss.
What would you say to 16 year old you?
You are the author of this book, make it worth reading for yourself and for others. #365days
What is your greatest fear?
Passion sets you apart in anything. My greatest fear is to lose that spark and passion in what I do. This leads to my greatest fear of being mediocre, being average and blending in with everybody. I hope to never run out of my passion pill! #passionista
Have you ever had anyone doubt you? How did that make you feel?
Absolutely and honestly, it did trigger some self-doubt. As I matured, I realize that sometimes being under-estimated is the best advantage you can have in your business and in your career. Now, I embrace the naysayers and use them as my motivators to better myself. At the end of the day, only you knows what you are and aren’t capable of. I remind myself that the word “Impossible” is only an opinion. #notoselfdoubt
What message do you think every woman should hear?
Be #unapologetic and never apologize for:
1) Having your period
2) Bra cup sizes
3) Putting family first
4) Putting work first
5) Making more money
8) Eating too much
9) Painting our faces
10) Looking like hell
What is it like to be a businesswoman?
Being a business woman is not always sunshine and rainbows. You have to roll with the punches. Every day is a new day with new challenges and wins! It is invigorating and maddening at the same time. Remember that your most hard to please and demanding boss or customer is the one who is going to take your career and business to the next level. Embrace both positive and negative feedback with a smile. It taught be flexibility and creativity like no other. #hustlehard #likeaboss
What is your favorite thing about where you live?
I grew up in the Philippines but I now call, Rancho Cucamonga, California my new home. I love the suburban living. In my city, there’s a lot of places to eat, places to hang out, people to meet and learn from. It’s well-planned commercial and residential communities, proximity to good jobs and recreation all add to its progressive vibe. #itstartsathome
What do you love most about yourself?
I am multi-passionate. I am curious and is not afraid to try new things. Failures and rejections are all part of the journey. I don’t take things personally. I don’t hold any grudges. I forgive easy. I am addicted to busy. I always try to see the positive even in any negative situation. I don’t give up. I want to believe that have the 3 G’s down to the T: Geeky, Goofy and Gorgeous (because why not?)! #selflove
Do you remember a specific time you overcame adversity?
Migrating to the United States, at a very young age, newly married with no job, no car, no house, and pregnant, I had to believe in myself and my abilities that I can be a better person, a responsible parent, a contributing member of society with a possible and potential impact to share with the world around me. I left everything back home (a good IT consulting job and a fashion business) and started fresh with nothing. You know what they say, “Faith it, even until you make it.” …and that’s what I did. #winningmindset
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned along the way?
Biggest lesson is to believe in yourself first. Love yourself first. It doesn’t matter if others believe in your ideas and in you if you yourself don’t. No amount of “likes” would compensate if you don’t like yourself first. Start within YOU! #believeinyourself
What motivates you most?
My family is everything to me. They motivate me to be the best version of myself everyday. #familyfirst
How do you manage your work-life balance?
Family and friends ask me this all the time. I sometimes surprise myself as well but I believe it’s all in your ability to manage your time, set priorities and most especially boundaries. Time is the most important thing. We all get the same amount of time in a day, managing it wisely is key. #worklifebalance
What is your favorite meal?
I have an undeniably foodie personality. I love anything edible. #totalfoodie
What do you do on a daily basis to grow and move forward?
Self-awareness is important to have to ensure you are aware of your strengths and weaknesses. I know I can improve on certain things and I put extra effort and focus on honing that particular skill that I know I am lacking. I strive to have a professional purpose. I ask myself, what gets me up in the morning?
What helps me be better at what I do?
Professional purpose (in career and in business) is more than a paycheck or title. When people ask my secret, I say, I don’t have any. I simply put in the hard work and stay positive. Negativity only weighs you down. Think about how you can add value to the organization and your business, not just to yourself. #selfawareness
Do you have a mentor? If so, what did they teach you?
I have multiple mentors throughout my career as well as in my business journey. One common thing they taught me is the importance of relationships in all of your dealings. Never cross anyone. Don’t burn bridges. Don’t speak ill of others. Always be professional. Have integrity. Always focus on the solution not the problem. Remember, you are not to sell the product or the service, always sell the solution first. #relationshipsfirst #solutionsfirst
Why did you start your company?
As seen in my blog posts, I’m big on women empowerment and self love. Initially, I was just solving a little problem I had with my own self image. Discovering how hairpieces and wigs can help boost self confidence and self-esteem in women who suffer from both emotional and physical effects of hair loss due to chemotherapy, radiation alopecia, etc, I knew I have an important message to convey and was determined to change people’s perception of wigs and hairpieces. It brought me to My Wig Studio, a small company I founded back in 2009 and it has been an amazing journey ever since! I gained so many friends from around the world! It’s nice to receive emails thanking me how these hairpieces changed their lives and found self-love. I started volunteering my time at local oncology clinics and cancer awareness groups to talk about how to cope with the emotional and physical effect of hair loss. My sweet reward is when a woman finds the perfect hairpiece and her eyes begin to light up again! This is when I see the real woman inside! She sometimes shed tears of joy. I believe that when a woman feels empowered and beautiful from the inside out, they can take on the world to do bigger and greater things. This is when I realized, I found my other passion. #womenempowerment
Were you scared to start your business?
Super Scared. But I see potential personal growth in knowing you are scared and still deciding to go for it. Was I ready? No. Do I know everything about the hair and cranial prosthetics industry? Nope. Was the timing right? I have just accepted a new job and just had a baby, so absolutely not. But I started anyway and it’s been 10 years now. Remember that each one of us is created with a purpose. Find that purpose and roll with it. Don’t wait for perfection and just strive for progress. Never apologize for your ambition and be proud of your goals no matter how big or small. #personalgrowth
What is the best thing about being a founder of a company?
Not working for the money but working for freedom. Freedom to find solutions to your customer’s needs, freedom to be creative, freedom to touch the lives of others, etc. The money and customers will come naturally if you are clear on your why, your purpose and intention. #findfreedom
If you weren’t doing the job you have now, what would you be doing?
I will be probably travelling the world, discovering Cultures, Fashion, Food, Music, technologies, meeting people, sharing experiences, etc. #outofoffice
Where do you find inspiration?
My family is my number 1 inspiration but I find inspiration in almost anything. We had very strong winds during the Holidays which cause these huge pine trees shower pine cones all over my backyard. This made me inspired to write as I collected the pine cones and used them as holiday décor around the house. I don’t think there is a day I wake up un-inspired. Life is great! #inspireddaily
What are your biggest passions?
Sometimes being multi-passionate can be a challenge. I am drawn to so many things at once! Technology is one of my passions, having worked in this industry for 25 years now. Technology is one of the key drivers of social and economic change. In my own world, I am able to play my small part in that. I look up to women who are making an incredible impact in technology every day, disrupting and transforming businesses, industries and communities. My creative side draws me to Fashion, Interior Decorating, Cooking and Writing/Blogging. This passion of mine revolves around self-expression, self-image and self-love. Re-creating yourself in the most unique way in all the things you touch, you make, you create. The thought that yourself is a blank canvas blows my mind. I am always so ready to create! #livewithpassion
More About Jasmin
Jasmin Barnes is a mother of three, a wife, daughter, sister, and a full-time career and business woman. Aside from being the CEO and founder of My Wig Studio, she is also an IT professional in the Software Development space for 20+ years now.
Through technology, Jasmin created a website and utilized social media platforms to reach out to customers and cancer patients around the globe. Their website does not only offer a variety of hair solutions for every woman’s needs but it also provides free empowerment resources to women. Since 2009, they have sponsored women and cancer patients with hairpieces and head covers through their Wig Sponsorship program. They take pride in successfully connecting sponsors and wig recipients around the world via social media.